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security assistance force and u.s. forces afghanistan. thank you for your years of great service to this nation and your willingness to serve once again. let me also extend thanks to your families. support is so essential to yours and the nation's success as is the tradition of the kennedy i would invite each of you to introduce any family members or friends who may be here with you to make your opening remarks. general thurman's nomination as the commander of u.s. forces in korea comes at a time of significant change and simmering change on the korean peninsula. our commitment to peace and stability in the region remains steadfast and alliance with the republic of korea is as strong as ever. the strength of that alliance will be particularly important over the next few years as we are embarked on an ambitious realignment of our forces on the peninsula and need to deal with the unpredictable and aggressive behavior of the north korean regime that continues to follow the destructive path of an international pariah. general thurman experience and positions of leadership and with ma
on in afghanistan reconstruction contract. after that, harry reid announces that they said it will cancel the july 4 recess to continue budget negotiations. charles speaks of the national press club tomorrow. live coverage is here at 1:00 a.m. eastern. the last space shuttle launch is scheduled for friday july 8. >> i have huge trust in the united states of america. i have read this over and over. i have huge faith in democracy and the democratic process. >> learn more about christine lagarde. she is one of the 15,000 people you can search and watch. watch what you want when you want it. gates was presented the presidential medal of freedom today. the first defense secretary to serve as republican and democrat said at a ceremony. >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice-president of the united states. [airplane overhead] >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the official party and remain standing as honors are rendered. ladies and gentlemen, the and the host for today's tribute, barack obama. >> please be seated. ♪ ladies and gentlemen, sec. gates was awarded the honor for civilian service. and the u
.org/history. >> yesterday, a senate homeland security subcommittee on contract oversight looked at afghanistan reconstruction contracts. witnesses include contractors to receive money from the u.s. agency for international development and the army corps of engineers as well as defense department and usaid officials. missouri democratic senator clear ms. castle -- clare mccaskill chaired the two-hour hearing. if the witnesses have become -- i have a formal statement prepared but i have decided not to give a formal opening statement. and just express the reason for this hearing. this is not the first hearing we have had in the subcommittee on contract thing in our contingency operation. and i began working on this problem almost the day i wrought -- arrived in the senate. when i travel to iraq to do nothing but look at contracting oversight because i couldn't figure out how in the world things had gotten so out of control in terms of contacting in iraq. i went over to iraq and i realized why they had gotten out of control. contract and representatives were just a low man on the total bowl being
contributor. yet, yet, i hope to talk to him about a less contentious issue than that, like afghanistan. all right. ( laughter ) what a show. we're going to start with something that i found on the tv box this morning that was maybe one of the greatest things i've ever seen in my life. >> mark halperin. what was the president's strategy? >> are we in the seven-second delay today? >> oh, lordy. >> i want to characterize how i thought the president behaved. >> we have it. we can use it, right, alex? >> yeah, sure, come on. >> go for it. >> i thought he was kind of a dick yesterday. ( laughter ) >> jon: mark halperin, senior political analyst, editor at large of "time" magazine just called the president a dick. and that wasn't like a spontaneous, like, can't contain myself, you lie! like this one, you guys have a delay because i'm going to call the president a dick. now, people can argue whether that's appropriate, whether halperin crossed some sort of line, whether or not journalism has lost its professionalism. personally i could give a ( bleep ). that horse left the barn years and years ago.
at the post in washington and abroad. and she has covered pakistan and afghanistan extensively, so we are really lucky to have both of them tonight. after the ambassadors opening remarks, he and karen will have a conversation before opening it up to q&a with the audience. so please join me in welcoming ambassador haqqani and karen de young. [applause] >> thank you very much patricia for that kind introduction. of course when i was asked to come here i talked and nobody is paying any attention to pakistan these days. nothing gets said about pakistan in the media so why not use this forum to be able to communicate, and of course find an excuse to be on c-span. [laughter] and so therefore, here i am. it is a pleasure to see secretary mikhail in the audience, judith mchale and i have worked together in the last, since her appointment as undersecretary and public diplomacy of course is one of the many challenges we have dealt with on our and so it is a pleasure seeing you here in thank you for all the help and cooperation that you offer here. and to the distinguished audience many of whom
and reconstruction in afghanistan. the great majority of which has been channeled through private contractors. we know from experience in bosnia in the 1990's and more recently in iraq that a reduction in troop levels as not mean a drop in contractor activity. in some cases, it is a matter of increase. there has been increase reliance on contractors to fulfill the logistical roles once performed by the military in those instances. eventually, the contractor presence will also decrease as we move support of large-scale off-budget scanned it -- spending to more direct to the afghan government directly. this is why our reconstruction strategy must focus on insuring that afghans can sustain what we have helped build. how many additional schools and health, as we can construct, but also that there are teachers and health care officials to sustain those institutions. whether afghans have the resources and expertise to manage the long-term operation and maintenance of power plants. on a related note, as we encourage more contracting with local afghan firms under the afghan first policy, we must consider
of taxpayer funds is being properly spent given where we are in afghanistan and is all the more important. let's go to this specific project, a free could, that you discussed with the chair. the 64-mile highway, it will reach $776 million. the cost overruns have not exceeded 100%. i do not know if that is accurate or not. that is the way i read the numbers. in your testimony, you attributing this to the security environment. you responded to this shares questions about the security environment. what is the cost overrun excluding security costs. >> let me clarify it in little bit. that was our estimate we thought at the time it would cost to build that road. the bids that came in and the firm that won the contract came in at $85 million to $86 million. that was the starting point for us of the construction, not counting security for the construction management. from our perspective, the construction starting point is about $85 million to $86 million. when you include security and the construction management, if it was about $107 million. the $85 million to $86 million bid by the construction fi
. >> a land mine has exploded in afghanistan, killing 20 people. the explosion happened on the main road near kandahar. police said women and children were among the dictums. german lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved plans to shut the nuclear plants by 2020 to. it is on the road to an ambitious build up to renewable energy. this came after japan 's nuclear disaster. celebrations are under way in china to mark an important anniversary. >> that is right. china is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of its ruling communist party, which took power in 1949. there are sober tory television programs and the release -- there are television programs and the release of advertisements starring big stars. after nine decades of the communist party, it goes from strength to strength. it is arguably one of the most powerful political organizations on the planet. we are joined from beijing by one of our correspondents. it could be one of the strongest political parties in the world, but hu jintao said in his speech before his members of the communist party that there are challenges ahead. >>
at their political enemies. owen bennett jones, bbc news, beirut. >> french journalist held captive in afghanistan have been talking about the release. >> one of two of the hostages released on wednesday by the taliban has told the bbc he believes a deal was done to secure their freedom. he suggested that at least two afghan prisoners are freed. the taliban said earlier that several of their members had been released from jail. back on french soil at last, the two journalists arrived at a military air force on thursday morning after their 547-day ordeal as prisoners of the taliban in afghanistan. the two men said the conditions they were subjected to were grim. but insist they were never abused. >> we haven't been mistreated, beaten or attacked. but we were locked up for 23 hours and 45 minutes out of 24 hours. we could go to the toilets twice a day, once at dawn and once in the evening. >> the three employees and their interpret wrr taken hostage by armed militants on december 30, 2009. at the time, they were filming in northeast afghanistan. on november, 2010, a video message of the men was rele
, in the cases of two men who died in cia custody, one in iraq and one in afghanistan, there is enough evidence to warrant a full criminal investigation. the department of justice says it agrees with those findings, and it will begin that criminal investigation. nearly a decade after the government put the cia secretly into the business of holding prisoners offshore, five years after the president of the united states admitted to the country that we were doing that, the treatment of two prisoners of the dozens held in that system, will be investigated. the other 99 cases, case closed. >>> earlier today, the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell, formally invited president obama to come up to >>> earlier today, the top republican in the senate, mitch mcconnell, formally invited president obama to come up to capitol hill and talk things over with senators. come have lunch with us, let's talk. invitation came at 10:45 eastern time this morning. an hour and a half later, with the republican invitation still out, still pending, out came senate democrats to call the republican offer to the pr
in many senior positions at the post in washington and abroad and has covered pakistan and afghanistan extensively, so we are happy to have both of them tonight. after the ambassador's opening remarks, he and kuran will have a conversation before opening it to q&a with the audience, so please come and join me in welcoming the ambassador haqqani and karen de young. [applause] >> thank you very much, patricia, for the kind introduction. of course when i possessed to come here nobody was paying attention to pakistan. nothing gets set about pakistan in the media so when not use this to be a book to communicate and find another excuse to be on c-span. [laughter] some of their for coming here i am. it's a pleasure to see secretary mikhail so it is a pleasure seeing you and thank you for the help and cooperation you offered here and a distinguished audience many of whom i probably know tools you how close i am but i would like to welcome my deputy, the embassy if pakistan is very lucky to have a woman as the second-in-command. we have had to women ambassadors which is a better score than most
operatives in yemen and somalia than all of afghanistan. >> you they very well be right about the numbers. a formal affiliation with the call core in the tribal areas. these groups have always seen some strength in the alliances. where you see instability in places like libya and yemen and syria, you worry about al qaeda and its affiliates. in chaos, they can take advantage of that situation, those ungoverned spaces to recruit, train and plan. so all of these governments in chaos represent a threat for us. >> there's a new head of the international counterterrorism center. what do you know about matt olson? >> he's a career guy. he's worked across different disciplines. he served both at the fbi then and also later at the justice department and the national security decision. well respected by law enforcement, gained some national security and intelligence experience over at the department. don't know about his relationship with the president, but that's less important than the counterterrorism center. as a career official, heel have that. so he's probably a pretty good choice. >> a follo
and afghanistan. and today, president obama not only gave his thanks, he surprised gates by giving him the nation's highest civilian award, the medal of freedom. gates' served eight presidents in a career that took him through the ranks of the cia and into the pentagon in late 2006. >> bob, today you're not only one of the longest zash serving secretaries of defense in american history, but it is also clear that you've been one of the best. >> i'm just saying here, that i will think of these young warriors, the one who is fought. the ones who keep on fighting, the ones who never made it back until the end of my days. >> and emotional bob gates and monterrey native leon panetta takes his place as defense secretary tomorrow and general david petraeus was confirmed to take panetta's place as cia director. >>> changing the way you buy alcohol. new restrictions that could be coming to a grocery store near you. >>> tsa employees under fire this week for searching an elderly woman's diaper but today more questions about what the workers do when a man flies across the country with an expired i.d. and wit
, in afghanistan, we helped drive the soviets out of there. we pulled out of there in 89, 90 91. we know what happened in the next 10 years, the people in expwafg in terms of 9/11. i don't think we want to go through that again. if that means we have to keep 100,000 troops there forever, it's a war that was underresourced under president bush. president obama did the right thing, i think, in surging there and i think we can draw down as long as we do so responsibly. it's not easy, though, and there's no one solution for each part of the world, obviously. but we can't turn our backs on the world, jon. i know you would like to. i don't want to fight a strawman here. >> jon: i'm very fond of the world. ( laughter ) i don't want people to get hurt-- >> and the world is very fond of you. >> jon: right now, the military and military families are bearing an overwhelming weight of these wars, and it's not fair what they're going through, and i just feel like we have to come up way whole new strategy, that's all. ( applause ) i'm always happy to have you on the show. >> i agree with the last statement
's got to step in? i've been here. i've been doing afghanistan and bin laden and -- the greek crisis. >> he has a point, if you go by the number of bills passed. through the first hall of this year, 2011, how many bills become law? 18. 15 of those laws named a building after somebody, extended an expiring law or appointed an official to the smithsonian institute. counting all them, 18 laws, this year's not so big number. >>> up next, kansas is inching closer to an all-out ban on abortion. the state approve as new set of regulations critics say is aimed at shutting down all abortion clinics. all three of them in the state. we're hear from both sides. >>> you're watching "hardball" on msnbc. i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare i
still in iraq and afghanistan, he has a rough road ahead. he told military families they are on the top of his agenda. >>> steven colbert started a superpac. it's part of a spoof on campaign finance laws but the hearing is real. he can use his show to produce ads. >> i'm reminded as we stand here of the pilgrims who on this very spot, but in massachusetts, filed their papers to form clement pack, to be free of the tyranny of king george who refused to allow a single corporate on u.s. presidential elections. >> i don't remember that from my history book. today in washington, republicans are taking things personally. hitting back at the president who laid into them for planning to go home next week on break instead of working on a budget deal. >> so maybe if he would take a valume and come down and talk, it might be helpful. >> it's the kind of language you expect from a leader of a third world country, not the president of the united states. >> frankly, he should be embarrassed. unfortunately, the threshold of embarrassment here in washington is different than the rest of the world. >> i
. >>> we turn to afghanistan, where we are getting our first look tonight at grizzly new images from inside that luxury hotel in kabul, swarmed by suicide bombers who went on that deadly attack. in an abc news exclusive, nick schifrin tonight takes us inside. >> reporter: abc news filmed the first images from inside the intercontinental. the attackers blew themselves up in bedrooms, in stairwells, in the hallway. the top floor, completely destroyed by fire. on the roof, a massive firefight. the attackers brought bags full of red bull and water so they could fight for hours. for the first time, a senior afghan police official admitted to abc news that his men wouldn't have retaken the hotel without the help of these nato special forces. later this month, afghan forces are supposed to take responsibility for security in parts of the country. but their response to this attack raises questions about whether they're ready. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> nick, our thanks to you. >>> and it's those images that haha authorities on high alert this fourth. combine that with documents found inside
, for example capture someone like i'm in also was yuri and yemen outside of afghanistan, for example, could we detain and at that detention facilities bear? >> we would not recommend that. >> why is that? >> afghanistan is a sovereign country. >> so we're not going to use detention cell at these to detain terrorists captured outside the territory of afghanistan? >> is not her attention. >> following up, admiral, with respect to detention, if we were to capture all that was yuri -- although heery and gather intelligence in detaining him long-term because we thought we needed to underlie floor, where would we hold? >> yes, ma'am, that is a policy question i am not in a position to answer from the military standpoint. obviously we can hold al-zawahiri or anywhere al-awlaki in a number of places. it becomes a policy issue and general allen said we afflict a number times that whether or not we do that in afghanistan. but the nature of the sovereignty of afghanistan and concerned about potential backlash from the afghan government, we have recommended not to do that. >> admiral, would it not be hope
afghanistan which is clearly driven not by general petraeus but by general plouffe. not by the aims and necessities of the war but of a political campaign. this has got to send a message to our enemies which is dangerous for the united states. add this on top. the president was behind the power curve when the spring revolutions brock out throughout the mideast. now he's demonstrating how tone-deaf he is by this action today. jeer either in a war or we're not. -- >> we are either in a war or we're not. the zigzagging policy is putting the united states at a distinct disadvantage. today we saw attorney general holder's justice department is move forwarding with criminal investigations, based on the cia interrogations, in particular two detainees that happened to die in cia custody. when i read that with other criminal investigations that are ongoing of some other cia operatives that took part in some of these interrogations. this administration is fighting more aggressively our own patriots than our enemies. >> this is mystifying why the attorney general has vendetta again the cia for
and making workers invest more into their retirement. >>> in afghanistan, a precision air strike today killed a leader of a militant network that's believed responsible for this week's attack on the intercontinental hotel in kabul. the hacani network has ties to the taliban and al-qaida and is now one of the biggest threats to civility in afghanistan. 20 people died in the hotel siege including all nine militants. >>> right now checks are made every hour at schools in japan. many japanese continue to be concerned about radiation levels from the plant despite assurances from the government that exposure levels are within acceptable limits. >>> san francisco city attorney says a november ballot measure that would you law circumcision of children is unconstitutional. jewish and muslim leaders have denounced the proposed circumcision ban. >>> smokers who receive five text messages a day encouraging them not to smoke were twice as likely to quit. 10.7% remained smoke free six months later, more than double the rate of those who never received cell phone reminders. the cdc says it usually takes sev
in 2002 in pakistan and held at a secret prison in afghanistan known as the salt pit. hosed down and left in an unheated cell overnight, rahman died of hypothermia. neither prisoner had been singled out for special interrogation. they both apparently died of simple misuse or neglect. >> pelley: david, what are you hearing about the c.i.a.'s reaction to this today? >> reporter: well, this happens to be c.i.a. director leon panetta's last day on the job before he takes over as secretary of defense. none of this happened on his watch, but he is clearly pleased by the decision. he issued a statement, saying "we are now finally about to close this chapter in our agency's history." >> pelley: thank you, david. leon panetta will be taking over tomorrow for robert gates. today, president obama surprised the outgoing defense secretary with a going-away present: the medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. gates was appointed by president george w. bush four and a half years ago and stayed on to help president obama manage the wars in iraq and afghanistan. we have done a number of sto
in custody, one in iraq and the other in afghanistan. leading analysts say the endless scrutiny and threat of lit gigs that hung over the heads of the cia interrogators could be a risk in the future at a time when they need to taken morris beings because the threat has become more diversified spreading to al-qaida franchises in yemen, somalia and the homegrown component. >> we want our national security and terrorist professionals not to be looking over their shoulders. i think it has been demoralizing for these folks. >> reporter: in a statement released late last night the acl aorbgs said senior administration officials under the previous administration should have been pursued as well. for a period of several years and with the approval of the bush administrations most serious officials the cia operated an interrogation program that subjected prisoners to unimaginable cruelty. and vie lighted both international and domestic law. their position is they should have put the managers and the people who signed it under the microscope and none the interrogators. gretchen: we will talk to a le
. you need to be here. i've been here. i've been doing afghanistan and bin laden and the greek crisis. you stay here. let's get it done. >> well, today everyone piled on, republican john cornyn lashed out at the president on the senate floor. >> this is a grand opportunity for democrats and republicans to come together to do the nation's business. to be serious, not to be reckless, not to give demogagic speeches like the president gave yesterday. absolutely disgraceful, he should be ashamed. >> and democratic senator chuck schumer accused republicans of sabotaging the economy. >> all of a sudden it's sort of like a new fever has taken over the other side. that the best way to win is hurt the country as much as you can and that will create political benefit, and it's just -- it's sad. obviously all of us inside here are just yep set by it. >> meanwhile, we're just a month away from a potentially devastating economic breakdown. my next guest, congressman joe walsh, is a strict fiscal conservative and no fan of the obama administration, but does he feel the criticism is turning into some
conflict and troop withdrawals from afghanistan and iraq. >>> ahead what homeowners are required to have starting today, but many of you may not know about it. and we will check the situation in a bay area neighborhood dealing with disruptions right now after a water main break. >>> as it heats up parts of the area may have triple digit temperatures this weekend. >> an early morning strike averted. coming up we will show you the confusion and tell you why the threat is still out there. >>> a water main break will be a problem for most of the day today in el sobriente. a 12 inch pipe broke there about 9:30 this morning. these are pictures of the problem. repairs are underway but a representative for east bay mud could not say when they would be done or how many customers are affected, only that it handed in an area where most of the customers are businesses. >>> a threatened strike against the larkspur and sausalito ferries was called off but not before it caused confusion for passengers and workers alike, claudine wong headed out to cover the strike and was among those surprised when wo
that was, 01, i guess, when we started bombing afghanistan. these are short poems on the afghan war. 1, small bones of mountain children in the snow. two, bags of rice burst open, burlap flaps in the wind. even the label, usa, is fading. three, we air drop transistor radios. can you eat them? will they keep you warm? this one is called les american, october 5, 2001. we are feral, rare as mountain wolves. our hearts are pure and stupid. we go down, pitted against our own. there's one other short thing. we gathered there frequently, old scholars, printers, book collectors, old and young writers pass through the place on any given afternoon. all kinds of activity came to the shop in the years i worked there. they were the early years of the black awareness, robert williams was active in south carolina. there was a period of time when the cot in the back of the store was a drop off for various disassembled armaments. sometimes someone we didn't know would put something under the mattress, making the cot unusable for several days. someone would come by and take the hardware away in a shopp
the gates the presidential medal of freedom. he oversaw the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >>> this afternoon to san francisco police chief breached the community about yesterday's police officer involved shooting. investigators say the man opened fire on officers who were trying to arrest him. the cheat and says he has a goal of conducting community meetings of any officer involved shooting. >>> a journalist from san diego for its reporting out-of-state calls were made from michele le's cell phone and as patty lee tells us, that reporter is standing by his story. >> reporter: the le family is engaging in damage control. >> we want to make sure that it is true. >> reporter: discrediting a news story saying that calls were made to reno nevada and the city in arizona from michelle's cell phone. >> i am not aware of any phone calls that were made from the shelves onto those locations. >> reporter: we spoke with investigators today and they confirmed that they did interview a woman. >> i tried calling her and she has not gotten back to me. >> reporter: regardless hayward police say their leads in
french journalists who were held hostage in afghanistan for a year and a half have returned home. the exact circumstances of their release are unclear. herve ghesquiere and stephphane taponier arrive at a military base in paris where they were welcomed home by family and friends. they were kidnapped 60 kilometers outside of kabul in 2009. the taliban claimed responsibility. germany's last hope in the singles competition in wimbledon has been knocked out. she lost to maria sharapova in six sets. she entered on a wild card after dealing with injuries. maria sharapova was too much of a horse to be reckoned with. >> leaving center court after her defeat, she can look back on may successful wimbledon 2011. she put up a fight against maria sharapova from the onset. she could not kekeep up the pressure. maria sharapova won the finals game after the fresh shut with the ace. >> the more experienced russian dominated and the second set. the germinative lost concentration and had several unforced errors. -- the german native lost concentration and had several unforced errors. share uphold t
today. he will have a new set of challenges including the wars in iraq and afghanistan and battles inside the defense bureaucracy. he is older than any of his predecessors at the beginning of their ten ui. >> william and catherine will be greeted in canada. they arrived in canada yesterday for 9-day visit and were met by crowds of adoring fans. it will also handing flags to newly canadians at a citizenship ceremony. >> i think i would like to see them. i really do. i think he connects well with the people. >> the duke and duchess of cambridge have star power to burn. brits and canadians would like to see william ascend to the throne instead of prince charles. who is officially head of the state? >> queen elizabeth tsh. >> very impressive. >> and they are also heading to california next friday. >> the most watched video on youtube ever and the winner is --. ♪ ♪ >> why did you scream. did you like them or you heard it too much? that is justin beiber singing baby. they say the most viewed ever. 575 million hits. they say it's the most disliked video on youtube ever, 1.5 million pe
number of social political issues -- i mean geopolitical issues, what is happening in afghanistan and iraq, what is happening with education in this country. his analysis -- the death of his insight and analysis i think is just undeniable -- the debt -- the depth of his insight and analysis is just undeniable. it is a reflection of how comfortable and distracted many of us our -- us are that we have not created a more sustained movement around cases like this. i voted for barack obama. i would vote for him again when the time comes. at the same time, i get asked this question so often, right? are we post-race? are we past racism because there is a black man in the white house? the question is, i mean, was england post-gender with margaret thatcher? indira gandhi, was in the a post-gender when bolivia elected its first working class president, where the post-class? i mean, it is a reflection of the dichotomy. the movement -- you cannot deny the accomplishments of the movement. the human rights movement, which we need to begin talking about more, and malcolm x began to increasingly
debt -- director. he is expected to complete in afghanistan before starting in september. he is credited with leading the search that saba's the u.s. war in iraq. -- salvaged the u.s. war in iraq. >> jack young may have a challenger in the upcoming election. the former owner of the center theatre said he wants to be the city's second in command. we have to night's commitment 2011 report and joins us live from city hall. sheldon? >> we are in the process of forming the necessary paperwork but announced his intent to run earlier this afternoon. even though he has been escorted out of city twice in last week and a half he hopes to occupy an office in this building. no visible supporters at his side, he announced his candidacy from north baltimore. >> by tuesday at 930 i will file to run to -- i will file for the privilege of being the next city council president in the great city of baltimore. >> although he did not lay out in a campaign or platform ideas he said he would not take money from developers. the former owner of the signature theater distinguished himself from current
been over to iraq once. you've been to iraq four times and afghanistan twice. and you make me feel like a pussy. [laughter] -- because i haven't been back over. is that -- don't you think more entertainers should go over there? what they don't understand is the amount of gratitude those people give you for going over there. it's absolutely beautiful. it's one of the most amazing experiences i've ever had performing for those people. >> it's great you did that. i remember when you did that. >> stephen: i've been waiting the entertain interview for you to say it was a great thing to do. i can't believe hi to fish that long. >> hr *t band dan, not everybody can do a uso show. what can people back here do to support the troops other than enlist and take their place? [laughter] that would be nice, right. >> some people would like that, yeah in the service. but they are working hard there. there's a lot of things you can do. i visit the hospitals all the time. i send care packages. there's all kinds of organizations putting care pack kwrapblgz together. i have a program called operation inter
the supply lines to afghanistan run through pakistan. >> stephen: who cares, that war is unwinnable. >> stephen: yes, but without their help, we can't keep fighting it. >> stephen: the point is, they are a nuclear power therefore we need their friendship. >> stephen: friendship, they funded the mumbai attacks much. the times square bombing was planned in pakistan. and they sold nuclear technology to iran and north korea in the '90s. >> stephen: oh, the '90s. let's stay angry about furbies an parachute pants. look, we need to give them an ultimatum. stop supporting terror or no more aid. >> stephen: easy now, buddy. this is a partnership, just like you and me. we're partners. but that doesn't mean you get to decide who my other friends are. >> stephen: i just think jill's a pitch. >> stephen: we're not having this conversation again. >> stephen: the point is, some of my other friends like to do things that you don't like to do. like skiing, or trying to kill you. >> stephen: but that has nothing to do with our friendship. >> stephen: wait, one of your friends wants to kill me? >> ste
.s. operations in afghanistan is a west point graduate and a 37-year veteran of the u.s. army. the four-star general is also credited with turning around the war in iraq. >>> defense secretary robert gates retired with quite a the resume. he was saluted today with all the pomp and circumstance the pentagon could muster. president bush brought gates to the pentagon to reshape the wars in afghanistan and iran. he was given the highest civilian award gimp an outgoing defense secretary. >> you're not only one of the longest serving defense secretaries in the history but it is also clear you've about been one of the best. 'll just say here that i will think of these young warriors, the ones who fought, the ones who keep on fighting, the ones who never made it back till the end of my days. >> gates' career took him through the ranks of the cia, then to the pentagon in late 2006 as america was fighting two wars. >>> well, still ahead at 6:00 now -- >> reporter: doctors have developed this. a new way to dramatically decrease the size of your scar after surgery. vial that story coming up. >>> al
. >>> in afghanistan, a precision air strike today killed a leader of a militant network that's believed responsible for this week's attack on the intercontinental hotel in kabul. the hacani network has ties to the taliban and al-qaida and is now one of the biggest threats to civility in afghanistan. 20 people died in the hotel siege including all nine militants. >>> right now checks are made every hour at schools in japan. many japanese continue to be concerned about radiation levels from the plant despite assurances from the government that exposure levels are within acceptable limits. >>> san francisco city attorney says a november ballot measure that would you law circumcision of children is unconstitutional. jewish and muslim leaders have denounced the proposed circumcision ban. >>> smokers who receive five text messages a day encouraging them not to smoke were twice as likely to quit. 10.7% remained smoke free six months later, more than double the rate of those who never received cell phone reminders. the cdc says it usually takes several attempts before someone can quit smoking. >>> here in
you could walk down lover lane holding your own hand. field hospitals in afghanistan. to improve survival chances for u.s. troops. gates is upset he's leaving the repeal of don't ask, don't tell to his successor but last not president obama says it's all but a done deal. >> in a matter of weeks, not months, i expect to certify the change in policy and end don't ask, don't tell. >> gates is still defense secretary until tomorrow morning when leon panetta is sworn in. at the pentagon, molly henneberg, fox news. >> bret: eric holder says a criminal investigation is looking into the deaths of two people who died in u.s. custody in iraq and afghanistan. a inquiry in c.i.a. interrogation practices found two deaths warranted criminal probes. ap says one of the victims died in 2002 in kabul and the other in 2003 in iraq z. >>> still to come, we'll hear from local journalists on the 2012 race but first, what >> bret: welcome back to a hot windy day in des moines. its like a hair dryer. one of the reasons we came to iowa was to see how the presidential race is playing with people among the
budget' get u.s. troops out of afghanistan and out of iraq and speaking of iraq, june has been the deadliest month for u.s. troops in iraq in two years. a fact not lost on the new secretary of defense. >>> a few minutes away from this. barbara, leon panetta will do things his own way and a little bit different. i love this. he is going to bring his golden retriever to work. >> reporter: there is bravo, the wonder dog, who we will introduce everyone to i'm sure the coming weeks and months. bravo is an absolutely gorgeous golden retriever! you see him there with panetta and mrs. panetta at a ceremony. this is just the world's most gorgeous dog! bravo went to staff meetings at the cia, around the secret hallways with the director when panetta was there. he is described by cia operatives as the only dog in washington with a top secret clearance. >> he is a bomb sniffing dog? >> can he do anything cool because he's a cia dog? >> reporter: not that we know of. other than sit around and wag his tail and look at you with these incredible big brown eyes. >> this is all fun and games unt
in afghanistan. catherine herridge picks up the story from here, from washington. so what is the latest? >> reporter: julie, good morning, thank you. since august 2209 federal prosecutor john durham has been investigating the cia detention and interrogation program, this is a second such review of the program, he reviewed the treatment of 101 detainees in u.s. custody and concluded two of the deaths warranted criminal investigation and both of these detainees died while in custody, one in iraq and the other in afghanistan. and really, analysts say the endless litigation could make the u.s. intelligence risk averse when the risk has been more diversified, spreading to al-qaeda franchises in yemen and somalia, as well as the home grown component. >> we want our national security and counterterrorism professionals not to be looking behind their shoulder, wondering whether the next administration is going to second guess their moves that were authorized by law in the doj lawyers, and so i think it's demoralizing, it has been demoralizing for these folks. >> reporter: there's no indication w
say, get those troops out of both afghanistan and iraq and just consider this and iraq, the month of june that has just passed was the most deadly troops in iraq in the last two years. even as that war supposedly winding down, still very deadly and lethal for u.s. troops, as is afghanistan, far from over. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. >>> bill clinton weighing in on the presidential campaign in a one-on-one interview with wolf blitzer. he asked clinton if he fr talks to president obama about re-elected. >> not a lot. he's got plenty to do. he's had to deal -- he's got the afghanistan problem, libya problem, a whole range of other issues. if they want me to do something, i talk. >> you wait for a phone call. >> absolutely. i don't think i should. he knows i support in general what he's trying to do. i'm out here trying to explain it to people, but he's got a good team. you know, i talk to gene sperling from time to time. >> he worked for you? >> he did. he's a good man. i talked to joe biden last week about some of these economic issues, but i think it's important, you know, no
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